Jocelyn Aguirre is the Volunteer Coordinator for Chicago Debates. She works in collaboration with our programming team members and supports our Volunteer and Outreach Manager in volunteer communication and logistics. Having previously worked as a Tournament Associate with Chicago Debates, Jocelyn understands the importance of creating a consistent volunteer network to provide students with a welcoming and enriching debate experience. Moreover, it is her own high school experience with Chicago Debates’ policy program that invigorates her to create a strong debate community, and promote the skill sets that participating in Chicago Debates’ programs can strengthen or create. She emphasizes that debate aids student’s ability to thoroughly listen, efficiently problem-solve, and effectively communicate, which can overlap with all facets of our journey through life.
Previously, Jocelyn worked with a Chicago city council member in their public service office, where she provided city services and support to south-west side residents. She greatly attributes her four year participation in Chicago Debates’ high school policy debate for the ease in which she communicated, built relations, and provided resources to her public service office’s community members, while simultaneously preparing and executing community events.
Jocelyn is also a Posse Scholar, and a 2022 graduate from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where she studied Economics and Asian Studies. During her undergraduate experience, she led the Students for Reproductive Rights organization on campus, while externally interning with Pro-Choice Minnesota, collaborating with Unrestrict Minnesota, and workshopping with Advocates for Youth.